In order to conduct my inquiry project, I incorporated multimodal literacies on a daily basis. Previously, I had included images and videos, as well as activities based on listening, speaking, reading, and writing on a regular basis. For this inquiry, I began to deliberately ensure that students had opportunities to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish each day with more flexibility in terms of mode and with more open-ended content.
I placed more emphasis on students connecting the vocabulary words to images or concepts, instead of translating and relying upon English. My students and I also had discussions about the purpose behind the activities and the ways in which they were already using multimodal literacies. Next, I'll show four examples of activities that resulted in increased participation, engagement, and retention and that could be easily adaptable to a variety of units.